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Behind the Times: Virginia Woolf in Late-Victorian Contexts

Mary Jean Corbett


Virginia Woolf, throughout her career as a novelist and critic, deliberately framed herself as a modern writer invested in literary tradition but not bound to its conventions; engaged with politics but not a propagandist; a woman of letters but not a “lady novelist.” As a result, Woolf ignored or disparaged most of the women writers of her parents' generation, leading feminist critics to position her primarily as a forward-thinking modernist who rejected a stultifying Victorian past. This book finds that Woolf did not dismiss this history as much as she boldly rewrote it. Exploring the connect ... More

Keywords: Virginia Woolf, modern writer, literary tradition, women writers, modernist, late-Victorian literary culture, late-Victorian political culture, women's philanthropy, late-Victorian women, social purity movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752469
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752469.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Jean Corbett, author
Miami University